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Male, 35, Australia

Mon 31st March, 2008

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timp29 commented on Review: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (...:

It seems not many are disputing OoTs greatness, just whether the game gets scored in its original context or the current context. I don't see the point in re-reviewing it if it's just scored as per the original review.



timp29 commented on Review: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (...:

I have paid for OoT 4 times now. shakes fist (holding dollars) at nintendo. I understand the argument about whether OoT still deserves a 10. Probably not, it has aged, but I think it is still one of the highest ever scoring on metacritic with a score of 99. For those that don't have any nostalgia for this game, it really was huge, in its time, there was nothing quite like it, Mario 64 was amazing but again had nothing on the open world exploration and nothing on the phenomenally huge boss fights.
This game deserves to be remembered as one of the greatest, and genre defining, for its time. This isn't its time.



timp29 commented on Poll: Is It Time For a Fresh Alternative to th...:

The wii had a hugely superior virtual console to that on the WiiU or the 3DS.

They need to flood as much content in ASAP. Perhaps there are issues with complexity of having to recode every title but surely the work done to emulate for the wii largely translates across to the wiiu.

Either way, more virtual console titles nintendo. Yes they may take sales away from one another, but the wiiu library is lacking in third party, so make it up with nostalgia and reward your older faithful fans.



timp29 commented on Nintendo Classics in the Running for Inaugural...:

I love Nintendo, but Doom or Tetris or maybe Super Mario Bros are the games in that list that are worthy for the impact they have had in terms of gaming history.

Mario - pretty much popularised the platform genre through mid 80s into early 90s

Tetris - basically sold the original game boy and put handhelds on the radar plus brought the puzzle genre in to compete with platformers

Doom - while not the original FPS, it was the one that really sounded the death knell for the platformer genre and brought in FPSs which continue to dominate today. Probably came out early 90s, and until 1997/98 when Mario 64 and OoT came out, FPSs were the most popular and obviously goldeneye was the great example on N64.

Mario 64 and Ocarina of Time also deserve to be immortalised, as they were such groundbreaking entries into the free roaming true 3D genre.

Pokemon, minecraft, world of Warcraft are also massive games that deserve recognition, but I think the older titles deserve recognition first.

Golden axe/Double dragon deserves a mention for scrolling beat em up/hack n slash
Dune/command and conquer basically the precursor to Starcraft which basically is number 1 in Korea, maybe even Asia overall.
Essay over sorry for rambling



timp29 commented on Video: Super Mario 64 Leaps Onto Wii U Virtual...:

I don't understand why they haven't flooded the wii u with virtual console. I actually play more virtual console than regular games because I can use the restore/save feature when I'm poor on time. Sucks that the wii virtual console library is superior.



timp29 commented on Nintendo Download: 4th December (Europe):

SCAT? No no no no... Why would anyone use this for a game name. I hate to think what would come up if I googled this let alone play it.
I hope it is a rubbish game so that the tag line on its review is simply its name



timp29 commented on Devil's Third Developer Discusses Its Unique A...:

Nintendo seems to be saving these half developed games and bringing them to wiiu. Shorter development turnaround, greater games library, but these will never be 10/10 games. And Nintendo needs more 10/10 games.

HD Mario galaxy would be 10/10



timp29 commented on Talking Point: What We Expect From Nintendo at...:

I'm expecting a massive E3 from Nintendo. They didn't even try to compete at last years, so hopefully they have 2-3 extra aces up their sleeve. This is their chance to steal the attention away from Sony and Microsoft and sell the WiiU if it is to have much relevancy this generations console war.

Please don't disappoint me big N!!



timp29 commented on Review: The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (W...:

II'm stuck trying to get through the swamp. Haven't played the game in months now because of it But I have to echo this review, even though it has dated a lot, this is still a very enjoyable entry in the series and adds new play style elements which work very well. I would probably lower the score personally because of the way this game has dated.



timp29 commented on Road Redemption Developer Outlines Plans for a...:

I'm going to buy this just because I love the concept and this genre has been lacking for a long time.
But the music in that trailer needs work and some of the sound effects eg pipe to face need work. Add in some changes to your character during air time, and some city/town environments and this is a winner in my eyes.



timp29 commented on Former Criterion Boss Alex Ward Laments Issues...:

I really want to buy a physical copy of need for speed but I can't find an Australian retailer asking less than $79. The criminal thing is probably how little of that $79 ends up in the pockets of guys like ward. If I finally find a copy of most wanted for $50 (which I would pay in a heart beat) he probably gets the same amount of money.



timp29 commented on Nintendo Confirms Major Reductions In Sales an...:

Major bummer Nintendo shareholders. I love my WiiU but there just haven't been that many 'must have' games for my taste.

Let's see what happens when Smash Bros and MK8 hit, especially if a Zelda WiiU details are also released around then.



timp29 commented on Two Tribes Development Studio Shuts Down and N...:

Toki Tori 2 was amazing and original. TwoTribes deserved every success. I'm glad I bought Toki Tori 2 and Toki Tori 1 (twice now) so I don't have to feel guilty about the loss of such a fantastic studio.

I'm sure there will be plenty of speculation on what went wrong, but at the end of the day, apart from maybe being a bit too ambitious on the scope of Toki Tori 2 I think TwoTribes did everything right.



timp29 commented on Rumour: Minecraft Is Already In Development Fo...:

Never played mine craft but did giggle my donkey off when Athene made a video about minecraft... all these people making giant willies in game. His reactions made me laugh so hard. Athenewins peniscraft on YouTube. Warning for the kids, there is some language in the video... but this is the internet.



timp29 commented on Nintendo Reiterates Confidence That the Wii U ...:

Redo this article one month after MK8 then we will know whether the WiiU will succeed.

Hopefully Nintendo isn't too arrogant to learn from the Sony and Microsoft launches and join the dots between marketing and initial sales. Someone mentioned their friends bought PS4 and quickly got bored of the game available... The WiiU launch was not that different even though it had a great launch lineup (sadly most games were ports from 360/PS3 however)



timp29 commented on Review: Double Dragon (Wii U eShop / NES):

I would probably give this a 5 or 6 for its clunky slow controls. It is sadly outshone by its sequel which bears no resemblance to its arcade heritage.

If you want an 80s arcade side scrolling beat em up port, final fight or turtles in time are better but I think they were actually released on SNES.



timp29 commented on Tech Site The Verge Thinks The Wii U's Failure...:

I can't say I've been wow'ed by the tablet controller. I think they should package the Wii U pro controller with the console and sell the tablet controller as a peripheral.

Possibly knock another $50 off the console and increase its market penetration. However, I'm pretty sure Nintendo is just biding it's time thinking 'when SSB and MK8 arrive... Wii U will print money'



timp29 commented on Video: Meet The New Kings of Kong Documentary ...:

Hahaha that Lemay guy is a big troller. Games need guys like that to stir up rivalries and make it interesting and fun, otherwise it's a big nerd fest with nothing to hold people's interest. Imagine if the documentary was 2 hours of Kong footage. Love the whole concept of Kong off.

Does anyone know if there is some website or forum for people who like to restore old cabinets? That's something I'd love to get into now that I have a bit more coin.



timp29 commented on This Video Brings Back Festive Sega Memories o...:

I kinda miss gaming pre internet. I got all my news from GamePro and other magazines. Also every time you played a game you had no idea what to expect and could just play the game on its merits rather than with all the associated hype and expectation that modern marketing brings. The big exception to this was of course Nintendo advertising Mario Bros 3 in the movie the Wizard, that was revolutionary for its time.

Magical Nintendo moments for me probably started with Zelda II. I begged my mom for it because it was gold and had a sword on the front... therefore it must have been cool and then well... future Zelda games up to Twilight Princess have had that same magical quality for me.

But to be honest, as much as I love Nintendo, The Last Ninja back on Commodore 64 made me a gamer for life . Hence my avatar...

Going back and playing these games now is pretty cringe worthy but the nostalgia is always fun (someone mentions Simon's Quest above haha. I played that too and was too young to know the words AVGN uses, but realise now that pretty much all those same issues ticked me off too).



timp29 commented on Soapbox: Even With The Arrival Of PS4 And Xbox...:

Come on 400 posts. Well done Nintendo life for writing articles that generate such quality discussion. Well done indeed!

Hardly any flame wars or trolling, just (mostly) intelligent conversation with people respecting one another views and well constructed arguments. I guess the Nintendo life readership should also be congratulated. Partly why I found this site when Wii VC started and never looked anywhere else for my Nintendo news.



timp29 commented on Soapbox: Even With The Arrival Of PS4 And Xbox...:

There is potentially a lot of bias in this article, lets not kid ourselves. What fascinates me however, is how in reading these comments most people subtlety express an opinion along the lines of Nintendo standing aside and letting Microsoft vs Sony.

Either this is genius from Nintendo to stand aside and do its own thing, or everyone has kind of taken on the hidden view of the article.... that Nintendo is separate from the other consoles. I think it is more the former, since many do not even consider the Wii U to be in the current gen, which means Sony/MS will battle over market share, while Nintendo will maintain its own little niche market. At the end of the day I think Nintendo is doing as well as it could have this generation and by not trying to go head to head has ensured its longevity as a console producing company. Also, it supports their not making games for mobile devices.

While I'm sure Iwata will lose his job in the next 2 years, I think he has pretty much done everything right. People are expecting miracles, but the console industry has never been more competitive.



timp29 commented on Soapbox: Even With The Arrival Of PS4 And Xbox...:

@URAmk2 8 months was a figure I kinda pulled out of my wazoo, but 1 game isn't really enough. They need to string together a few stellar titles. Don't get me wrong, I want XB/PS4 to do well, but at the moment, and with my situation, I haven't paid much attention to their upcoming titles.

Destiny looks interesting. None of the other titles have caught my attention.



timp29 commented on Soapbox: Even With The Arrival Of PS4 And Xbox...:

I think the lesson is... never buy a console at launch. I bought the WiiU at launch, kind of wish I had waited until more recently.

PS4 and XBone are probably going to experience the exact same issue as WiiU, that is an initial flurry of releases, then a 8 month slowdown, then an increasing stream of great releases.

We have Mario 3D land, Mario Kart 8 is coming, Smash Bros is coming, there will probably be BIG news on Zelda Wii U. 2014 deserves to be the year of WiiU



timp29 commented on Review: Contra III: The Alien Wars (Wii U eSho...:

Wow there were some amazing games on the SuperNES. This blew me away. The motorbike level where the ship flies over you, then you jump from missile to missile to destroy the ship is probably the coolest level design I have ever experienced. The early 90's was the golden period of Konami.

They also brought out castlevania IV around this time, another brilliant game in it's time.

The only drawback to Contra III is the top down levels, the side scrolling boss fights in this game are amazing.



timp29 commented on Epic Vice President Mark Rein Remains Unconvin...:

To be honest I haven't gotten much out of the second screen. Off TV play is the greatest thing about WiiU's second screen, otherwise it is a bit too clunky to be my preferred controller. Hopefully this holiday period I can get some more quality WiiU time.



timp29 commented on iPhone Gaming Controller Could Mean "The End O...:

I see this iPhone based controller as the first real threat to Nintendo's hand held dominance. Fortunately Pokemon and all Nintendo's IP will always keep Nintendo relevant to the handheld market.

In fact Nintendo's IP is pretty much their biggest advantage in the market, especially since people are talking about WiiU being a second console in peoples living room.

It is funny that the gimmick of touch based control has worn off and now you need a controller to play on your phone. I'm sure you could dig up some quotes about touch based gaming that would embarrass some people.